U.S. Marines from Marine Air Control Group (MACG)-48 of Great
Lakes, Ill., found that Fort McCoy offered them everything they needed
from ranges to training areas to successfully conduct annual training
from July 26-Aug. 8, said Maj. Christian Miller of MACG-48.
from the Weapons Company, 2nd Battalion, 24th Marines conduct
training exercises at Fort McCoy.
The 2nd, 24th trained with MACG-48 during its annual
training at Fort McCoy. (Photo
by Anita Johnson)
The Marines trained in skills needed for their military
occupational specialty and basic warrior skills, Miller said.
The training also included training support sessions with
Weapons Company, 2nd Battalion, 24th Marines, a Reserve Marine unit
from Waukegan, Ill., that trained at McCoy from July 27-Aug. 10.
The MACG-48 mission is to provide command and control for the
4th Marine Aircraft Wing and serve as a link between ground and air
forces, Miller said.
"We learned about Fort McCoy opportunities from personnel
from a Marine Corporal leadership class that trained at Fort
McCoy," Miller said. "They
told us about all the resources and training areas."
Mark Stelzner and Claude Gillam were among the Fort McCoy
Directorate of Training, Mobilization and Support (DTMS) personnel who
held several coordination sessions with the Marines.
from MACG-48 fire a Mark-19 Grenade Launcher at a training range
at Fort McCoy. (Photo by
Capt. J.T. Silva)
Gillam said the DTMS personnel answered unit questions and
helped schedule ranges. "This is the same, general support we
give to any units that are coming to Fort McCoy to train - both new
and repeat customers," he
The installation also hosts an annual training coordination
conference to help units coordinate training at Fort McCoy, he said.
DTMS support made the training go well and helped the Marines
accomplish all the training objectives they had scheduled as well as
several objectives that were included if time permitted, Miller said.
"We got phenomenal support," Miller said.
"Our training went like clockwork."
The Marines trained in martial arts, which included using
elements of several different martial arts programs in a specific way
on the battlefield, he said. The
unit also focused on skills that would be needed in Southwest Asia,
such as convoy operations, land navigation and weapons marksmanship.
from MACG-48 fire a mounted Mark-19 Grenade Launcher at Fort
by Capt. J.T. Silva)
Lance Cpl. Robert Clarke, a marksmanship instructor for
MACG-48, said Fort McCoy's ranges provided good, effective access and
training opportunities with its assortment of pop-up targets.
Cpl. Adam Payne, an electronic equipment repairman and
generator mechanic, said the weapons ranges had more high-tech
features than the ranges he usually trains on.
The martial-arts training also allowed the Marines to practice
and develop hand-to-hand combat skills to defeat the enemy.
Payne said the land navigation courses provided good training,
Lance Cpl. Scot Cruickshank, an aviation radio repairman with
MACG-48, said training with the targets at unknown distances helped
the Marines develop good marksmanship skills.
Shooting weapons ranging from M-16s to squad automatic weapons
also was good training, he said.
"We usually don't get to use the big weapons," he
Cpl. Melissa Josephson, a supply operations specialist with
MACG-48, said it was her first time training with the Air Wing and she
appreciated the opportunity to fire a lot of the weapons.
from MACG-48 practice martial-arts skills. (Photo
by Capt. J.T. Silva)
"Most of our jobs are support jobs and it's nice to get
the green side of training, the field stuff that are things commonly
done or used by the infantry and grunts," Josephson said.
Josephson also was the range high shooter.
Cpl. Blake Poindexter, an embarkation specialist with MACG-48,
said he appreciated the installation's physical training facilities
and fields, particularly for the martial-arts programs.
Poindexter was one of the members of the unit to qualify for
his gray belt, which is the second level of the five levels available
in the program.